Last week, officials allowed water to leak back to portions of the canal to check newly rebuilt Locks 3 and 4″in preparation for its eventual recurrence of a breeding canal,” in accordance with NPS and Georgetown Heritage. Below are the job options that were
presented at the neighborhood meeting. Funds must be procured for the project. The canal extends 185 miles.
The project has been designed by
James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm that formed New York’s High Line and Cleveland’s Public Square, one of the jobs . At the C&O Canal, the team intends to”concentrate on addressing deferred maintenance problems and related safety and accessibility concerns connected with the towpath; improving connections between Georgetown and the [canal] towpath; [and] enhancing visitor experience through increased signage and maximizing underutilized areas,” notes a project summary. The team will prepare a environmental evaluation.
James Corner Field Operations project entails the historic structures, Enhanced Accessibility, and mule yard of canal
The project is broken down into five major regions: mile-marker zero at the Potomac River; the Rock Creek confluence; the locks; the market plazas; and the aqueduct. Among the changes that are prospective are fixes to the historic structures of the canal, committed a mule yard instructional spaces, along with a visitor center. Several points across the canal aren’t friendly to pedestrians or people and these points will be improved under those plans.
Plans are in the works to produce the first mile of the C&O Canal in Georgetown more encouraging, and as part of that effort, officials last week unveiled updated theories for the revitalization project in a community meeting. ( Public opinion is now open until May 11.)